New club seeks to fix global water crisis
By Sierra Krey, Staff Intern
The Thirst Club began shortly before the coronavirus lockdown with the sole purpose of helping the global water crisis threatening our world.
“Me and a few other students were really moved by a presentation a person from the Thirst project presented to us in our chemistry classes,” treasurer Samyrah Lewis said.
The idea of helping a problem such as the global water crisis raised the question of how a couple of high school students plan to do this.
“We plan to raise $12,000 to build a well in Swaziland for the people who don’t have access to clean, drinkable water,” vice president Keerthana Madhu said.
So far, the club has yet to raise much funds, but it started brainstorming ideas to make the money to meet its goal.
“We have started to come up with some ideas to get the amount we need, $12,000.” said Lewis.
The club had already got the attention of a lot of the science teachers and other students after its first meeting on Feb. 3.
“The idea of building a well for people in some of the conditions I saw on the video made me realize how important our club really is,” said Madhu.
Posted: April 2, 2020
PompaPoets prepare for competition
By Alyssa Jiggetts Staff Intern
Before the coronavirus shutdown, the PompaPoets club were preparing to compete in Florida’s largest youth poetry festival, Louder Than a Bomb.
“The preliminaries begin April 2, and if Pompano Beach continues into the next round, the competition will go on for days after, until the finals,” freshman Olivia Shahoud said.
Students were looking forward to not only performing their poetry but listening and competing with other schools for the win.
“We have six PompaPoets club members attending the competition,” Shahoud said, “but hundreds of students from other schools will also be there to compete.”
The poets met every Wednesday to share and work on their spoken word skills for the competition.
“To prepare for the competition, I have been practicing in the mirror, in our PompaPoets club, and anytime I have time to read over, edit, and recite my poems,” freshman Jasmine Francis said.
This would have been the first time the members of the new club have ever competed.
“Louder Than a Bomb is a really big turning point for our club and our school,” Francis said. “Our school has never had our poetry club compete for an award, and we’re taking on a big responsibility of being the first of our school’s history to compete at Louder Than a Bomb.”
While they had a late start, the contestants worked hard to achieve a win for their school.
“Although we are the underdogs,” freshman Sanam Patel said. “there has been a lot of growth and success in our team. I’m amazed at how far we have come.”
The club also offered open arms to anyone with a passion for poetry to share and improve their work.
“I encourage anyone with a passion for spoken word poetry to consider joining PompaPoets next year,” Shahoud said. “It’s super fun, and you’re definitely not obligated to attend the annual competition.”
Posted March 28, 2020
New club seeks to unite disabled, abled
By Kayla Gayle, Student Life Editor
Amongst the various clubs that started this new semester, the Disabled and Abled United Club has emerged to make a difference for the disabled community.
Junior Alina Caro, the club’s founder, said the club would positively affect the disabled population “by raising awareness and money, being their friend, being a helping hand and just being there for them.”
The creation of the club was inspired by Caro’s second grade friend, Zane. He has Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Caro became close with him by helping with his classes and homework.
Caro dubbed the club “Zane’s Promise” and said he is the “whole purpose and reason behind why I started this club.”
The club plans to organize fundraisers such as walks and bus loop sales of pins and bracelets to aid the disabled community.
The Disabled and Abled United Club meets every two weeks on Wednesdays from 3:20 p. m. to 4:00 p.m. in the TV Production room.
“If you have a heart for the disabled population and you want to unite both communities, disabled and abled, and you want to be the voice for them, and to discuss real world issues regarding the ADA and the disabled population,” Caro said, “then I think it would be a great club for you to join.”
Posted Feb. 6
Preparing for the SATS
By Kayla Gayle, Student Life Editor
Posted Jan. 23
Newfound ASL club brings appreciation for deaf culture
By Alyssa Jiggetts, Staff Intern
To kickstart the new year, the American Sign Language Club had its second meeting on Jan. 9. The club was founded by freshman Vandana Skreekumar to expand knowledge on deaf culture and educate students on the language.
“I have a half-brother that’s deaf, and when I heard that an ASL club was created I was very eager to join because I wanted to better communicate and connect with him,” secretary Herbert Ferreira said. “I was very intrigued because not many hearing people care about deaf culture or ASL as a whole and I wanted to change that.”
The club aims to have guest speakers and lessons to learn the language and promote the culture.
“At every meeting, we teach new signs and a little bit of grammar,” Ferreira said. “We also try to incorporate deaf culture, and the more meetings we have, the more in-depth we’ll get.”
Many officers are learning their way through the language along with the members.
“We’re not fluent yet, we are learning as we go along, but we do try to make sure that we’re familiar with the material before we teach at the meetings,” vice president Katelynn Ibarra said. “I see it more as we’re all learning together.”
While the club just started, the members are eager to work their way through their obstacles as a team.
“Since our club is open to any newcomers, it makes it sort of difficult to make sure that everyone is on the same page or at least knows the same signs that we’ve gone over thus far,” Ferreira said. “Some students come to our meetings and don’t even know the alphabet or the numbers, and that’s a problem because they become lost in the conversations that we have.”
Through it all, Ferreira is optimistic about the club and the impact it will leave on students.
“I hope that students in our club become more conscious of the discrimination and ignorance many deaf people have to face every day, but at the same time, appreciate the complex culture and language that is shared between deaf people,” Ferreira said.
Posted: Jan. 16
GSA Summit Gallery
By Kayla Gayle, News Editor
Band preps for superiors at MPAs
By Alisha Durosier, Staff Intern
The members of the marching band step and count in line formation along with the sound of a metronome ticking at a selected rate with their instruments to their mouths, while the color guard members practice with their flags. They do this in preparation for the upcoming Music Performance Assessment (MPA).
The MPAs takes place on Oct. 19. The band’s theme, “It’s dangerous outside don’t go alone, take this,” is based on video games, so the band will play music selections from games such as Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy, Halo and The Legend of Zelda.
“We are definitely aiming for all superiors,” band director Gianni Bolanos said.
Last year, the marching band earned excellent ratings in the categories of music and visuals, and the percussion was rated superior. These results are steps up from the years before, showing the growth of the marching band.
The band has been preparing for the MPAs since January, and the drum major, band captain, section leaders and other leaders applied for specific positions and were promoted at the end of the last school year.
“I don’t think a lot of people realize the hard work we put in,” senior drum major and four-year band member Sean Durham said.
The band practices together Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 3:45 to 6:00, and on Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Most rehearsals take place outside on the field or on the senior parking lot.
Because of the physical nature of marching bad, rehearsals include warm-ups and water breaks, like a competitive athletic sport.
“I want our band to always be the best,” band captain Brandon Davis said.
Sectional rehearsals focus more on the music than the visuals. The band is separated into sections of brass, woodwinds, percussion and color guard, all going to their designated places to rehearse.
“I feel there is always a pressure to be good at competitions and that’s why we are practicing,” brass section leader Eric Clayton said.
Sofia Quintero, the leader of the woodwind section said that she wants to give her energy off to the band and motivate those in her section. They know what is expected of them and they are confident in leading their section.
In the color guard section co captains Sharmaine Brown and Shariah Curton are thrilled that the guard is incorporated into the MPA performance.
“We have the will power and we have the support system to be able to do what we want to achieve this year,” Curton said.
Though the color guard is small, they are self assured.
“I want our expectations to be high,” Brown said.
Last year’s good results are inspiring this year’s band to be the first at this school since 2008 to earn all superiors.
“We are trying to make history,” Durham said.
“We have more committed and experienced people this year,” Quintero said,
“I am extremely proud of them,” Clayton said.
Posted: Oct. 17, 2019
Class of ‘23 used democracy
By Matthew Shanbom, Managing Editor
The class of ‘23 held its elections to decide its new class officers. The winners were Adrianna Jacoby as president, Lorelei Bennett as vice president, Keerthana Madhu as secretary and India Miller as treasurer.
While Madhu had no previous leadership experience, she still ran for the job, and won.
“I wanted to take responsibility in high school because I didn’t have an opportunity in middle school,” Madhu said.
Jacoby ran because she wants to interact with the freshman class.
“I have really good people skills,” Jacoby said.
Bennett came into the job with previous leadership experience.
“I was the treasurer at (Pompano Beach Middle), and I was the vice president of NJHS,” Bennett said.
India Miller was not available for comment.
Since the group has not met officially, no large events have been planned but the group hopes to have strong communication of events and multiple fundraisers.
Posted Oct. 10
Jeantinor and Etienne won homecoming queen and king
By Alexis Schatten, Editor-in-Chief
Seniors Meldrina Jeantinor and Hilton Etienne won homecoming queen and king. Both initially ran for homecoming court to get out of their comfort zones and make their senior years memorable.
“I decided to run because it was going to be my first time going to Homecoming and I wanted to break out of my comfort zone and try something new,” Etienne said.
Neither had run for court previously, but they weren’t concerned with this holding them back. Etienne was the only person running for homecoming king, and Jeantinor was confident that she would be able to win queen.
“I think I won because I communicate with everyone in twelfth grade and I form good relationships with everyone that I’ve ever encountered,” Jeantinor said. “People gravitate towards my personality.”
Posted Oct. 3
By Kayla Gayle, News Editor
Posted: Sept. 19
IOC meetings now during school
By Alexis Schatten, Editor-in-Chief
IOC meetings have been rescheduled. In previous years, they have been held after school, but this year they will be held during the school day.
“Many clubs felt like IOC meetings were taking time away from club meetings, so we changed it,” activities director Mr. Cledet said.
IOC is still testing out whether or not meetings during the school day work better, so meetings are subject to change throughout the year.
“Meetings are during sixth period because that seems to be the time where all the officers are free, but if that doesn’t work, we’re going to be looking into changing it,” Cledet said.
Posted: Sept. 12